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Geoffrey Rush

by William Yang

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

In his time he had played a clown, a madman, a pirate, a pianist, a count, a drug dealer, a dog and an alchemist, and now he was putting on the mask again, to play a king who dies. I have a collection of dressing room shots as I often go to plays and am a lover of theatre. I've photographed Geoffrey before at the Belvoir Street Theatre; we both have a connection to it. This was before he won the Oscar, but he always acknowledges that we knew each other before that defining event. He's not shy and was running around the dressing room in his underpants the whole time. When I asked him if I could use the photos he said, well not too many in my underpants. Not that I've chosen an underpants shot; it was the face that intrigued, half made up - the character of the deluded king combined with the real person, the actor, the veteran of many plays.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Related information

Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes

Patrick White by William Yang

Portrait story

An interview with photographer William Yang who recalls his encounters with the author Patrick White.

Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

Photography is the most pervasive and popular medium for portraiture and makes a natural fit with the Gallery, being a natural extension of the Gallery's longstanding commitment to photography as a contemporary portrait medium.

Self Portrait #1, 1992 by William Yang
Self Portrait #1, 1992 by William Yang
Self Portrait #1, 1992 by William Yang
Self Portrait #1, 1992 by William Yang

William Yang

Australian Chinese

Previous exhibition, 2001

William Yang's art is about the telling of stories, his work is an intriguing mixture of philosophy, autobiography, social history and documentary imbued with a sense of the artist's own curiosity, humanity and humour

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.